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The Resource Losing our way : an intimate portrait of a troubled America, Bob Herbert

Losing our way : an intimate portrait of a troubled America, Bob Herbert

Label
Losing our way : an intimate portrait of a troubled America
Title
Losing our way
Title remainder
an intimate portrait of a troubled America
Statement of responsibility
Bob Herbert
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "In a searing indictment of America's decline, former New York Times columnist Bob Herbert profiles struggling Americans--casualties of decades of government policies that have produced underemployment, inequality, and pointless wars--and offers a ringing call to arms to restore justice and the American dream. The United States needs to be reimagined. Once described by Lincoln as the last best hope on earth, the country seemed on the verge of fulfilling its immense promise in the mid 1960s and early 1970s: unemployment was low, wages and profits were high, and the nation's wealth--by today's standards--was distributed in a remarkably equitable fashion. America was a society confident that it could bring a middle-class standard of living (at the very least) and the full rights of citizenship to virtually everyone. This sense of possibility has evaporated. In this book longtime New York Times columnist Bob Herbert combines devastating stories of suffering Americans with keen political analysis to show where decades of corporate greed, political apathy, and short-term thinking have led: America's infrastructure is crumbling, our schools fail our children, unnecessary wars maim our young men, and underemployment plagues a generation. He traces how the United States went wrong, exposing the slow, dangerous shift of political influence from the working population in the 1960s to the corporate and financial elite today, who act largely in their own self-interest. But the situation isn't entirely hopeless. Herbert argues that by tapping the creative ideas of people across the country who are implementing solutions at the local level, the middle class can reassert its power, put the economy back on track, and usher in a new progressive era"--
  • "The United States needs to be reimagined. Once described by Lincoln as the last best hope on earth, the country seemed on the verge of fulfilling its immense promise in the mid 1960s and early 1970s: unemployment was low, wages and profits were high, and the nation's wealth--by today's standards--was distributed in a remarkably equitable fashion. America was a society confident that it could bring a middle-class standard of living (at the very least) and the full rights of citizenship to virtually everyone. This sense of possibility has evaporated. In this book longtime New York Times columnist Bob Herbert combines devastating stories of suffering Americans with keen political analysis to show where decades of corporate greed, political apathy, and short-term thinking have led: America's infrastructure is crumbling, our schools fail our children, unnecessary wars maim our young men, and underemployment plagues a generation. He traces how the United States went wrong, exposing the slow, dangerous shift of political influence from the working population in the 1960s to the corporate and financial elite today, who act largely in their own self-interest. But the situation isn't entirely hopeless. Herbert argues that by tapping the creative ideas of people across the country who are implementing solutions at the local level, the middle class can reassert its power, put the economy back on track, and usher in a new progressive era"--
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DLC
Dewey number
305.5/50973
Index
no index present
LC call number
HN59.2
LC item number
.H467 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Losing our way : an intimate portrait of a troubled America, Bob Herbert
Link
9780385528238.jpg
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-283)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Falling apart -- Falling apart II -- Jobs and the middle class -- War and its aftermath -- Understating the costs of war -- Poverty and inequality -- The public schools -- Poverty and public education -- War's madness runs deep -- Hurricane Sandy and other disasters -- Cashing in on schools -- Mistreating the troops -- Epilogue: looking ahead
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
283 pages
Isbn
9780385528238
Lccn
2014022729
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
ocn881875895
Label
Losing our way : an intimate portrait of a troubled America, Bob Herbert
Link
9780385528238.jpg
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-283)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Falling apart -- Falling apart II -- Jobs and the middle class -- War and its aftermath -- Understating the costs of war -- Poverty and inequality -- The public schools -- Poverty and public education -- War's madness runs deep -- Hurricane Sandy and other disasters -- Cashing in on schools -- Mistreating the troops -- Epilogue: looking ahead
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
283 pages
Isbn
9780385528238
Lccn
2014022729
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
ocn881875895

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